MotoGP » MotoGP to change TV tactics?

"The decision is part of Dorna's new strategy of... always focusing first and foremost on free-to-air coverage to bring MotoGP to wider audiences" - Dorna statement, 2008.

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pp916 - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 10:07 AM

In th UK we are already compelled by law to pay for a TV licence, essentially to fund the BBC but also giving us the 'free to air' channels, what's that now £150 pa?. We then pay an additional sum to a satellite or cable provider to get the coverage of the things that don't get shown or get poor coverage on the BBC - Eurosport comes as part of a package bought from those providers and gives by far the best coverage of bike sport. For a basc ackage that cots what, another £20/£30 per month? BT Vision? Not a clue what that is even but if its anything lik BT's general phone/internet service forget it, I gave up on them years ago, similar problems with Sky, now with Virgin cable which is almost totally reliable.
Pay yet more to Dorna for Motogp subsciription? Not a prayer!
Watch dodgy feed live torrents on my laptop? No thanks, I'm kinda accustomed to watching on a big flat screen in HD.
The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.......what the f*ck are they thinking? Oh yeah, $$$$$$$$

Brendon - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 12:15 PM

should go to the channel that gives the most dedication to the sport as the people who watch it wouldrather see the races all the time rather than when channels like the BBC decide when they would like to show it. the channel who gets it should not treat the sport like an obscure sport that nobody is intrested in, but should hold it in highest regard.

Well I won't be paying to watch motgp on BT vision, I don't subscribe to any cable or sattelite companies. So once its gone from the beeb I might aswell cancel my tv licence and get rid of the tv as theres sod all else on the damn thing anyway. I can't rember the last time I watched a BSB (other than hightlights on ITV which is 20 mins of waffle and 10 mins of race highlights) or a WSBK race as you can only get it on Eurosport with a subsription. Looks like motogp will be going the same way, I like many others can't afford to subscribe to anything what with working full time earning sod all and not been on benefits.

Tooteez - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 3:02 PM

Remember Folks
Television promotes the sport. FANS KEEP THE SPORT ALIVE.without the fans DORNA will wither and DIE. Dont let this thug Carmelo hold you to ransome (fascist swine) he needs fans more than we need to watch the Spanish Championships, which is all the MotoGP races will turn into. With all these recent rule changes a world championship series is destined to Doom. Hey if they modified the capacity limits, say to 650 cc I might be able to run the old 64 Bonnie or my dads old SS Norton there is a chance for English Engineering yet.

James cook - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 4:47 PM

Eurosport provides by far the best and most comprehensive coverage-how ridiculas they aren't allowed to show main race live, just give them exclusive rights as they have put the most effort into promoting bike racing for at least the last 10 years.


May 03, 2013 10:54 PM

@ Aus Fan.

The commentators we got were Darryl Beattie and Greg Rust, then they finally let the REAL commentators talk (Nick Harris and Gavin emmet) and these guys are brilliant!.. Gavin is so good, and Nick a little clumsy makes a good duo. Greg rust however was claling the riders all weird names and anyway they both just plain suc*ed.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 03, 2013 11:11 PM

Fact is Eurosports hasn't been the same since Randy Mamola left the trio. Gavin & Nick tow the party line to hard (employer's). Jack & James do a much better job working the commentary in BSB/WSBK, and the support crew for British Eurosports do a much better job presenting the entertainment, even if there is a strong bias towards 'British' riders. BBC kinda sits in the middle, its okay, best MotoGP coverage, even if the commentary is a little stale, at least its not absurd and outrageous.

bjr - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 5:06 AM

Never watched a WSBK race since they shifted to pay TV in Australia and couldn't be bothered watching the "highlights" packages either as it shows very little racing and huge amounts of pre-race and post-race interviews.

Since it went to pay TV the Phillip Island WSBK event barely makes the (free to air) 5 o'clock news.

In a vast country like Australia, if you want eyes on your bike's (and track's) sponsor logo's it has to be on TV....

Perenialnovice - Unregistered

May 04, 2013 10:18 AM

I will have to look at the BT vision package.
I currently have sky and another telephone provider talk talk. which costs £75 a month!!
so both look like loosing my business
Or I could get the Mootgp,com video subscription
Bear in mind folks, I am used to waiting for Motor Cycle Weekly or peaking at the Telegraph for GP results. Back when there were only 8 races a season!
Anybody remember motogp coverage on tape by Steve Harris. We are blessed these days

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